For Kate, who might read this from Heaven

I was waiting for the longest time, she said. I thought you forgot. It is hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you are gone. Brian Andreas Dear Kate, I called your number last night. It was late, and I was writing, and sipping tea, and playing music softly […]

The Old Photo

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce. Karl Lagerfeld Hey, Lovelies! A dear old school friend (Thanks, Genevieve!) sent me a photograph via Messenger last night. It was a picture of me, taken at a friend’s eighteenth birthday party. I laughed so hard. It was […]

When Friends And Lovers Fall Away…

“Friendship plants itself as a small unobtrusive seed; over time, it grows thick roots that wrap around your heart. When a love affair ends, the tree is torn out quickly, the operation painful but clean. Friendship withers quietly, there is always hope of revival. Only after time has passed do you recognise that it is […]

The Unexpected Gift

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” Lemony Snicket Lovelies, have you ever received something unexpected in the mail? Not the unpleasant kind of unexpected – like […]

A Sense of Community

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”  Goethe All through the drought we have left out food for the […]

The Road To Sedona

“Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers. Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing. Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out. You’re curious and smart and bored, and all you see is the choice between working hard and slacking off. […]

Making Music And Sending Love From Hong Kong

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”~ Victor Hugo Hey, Lovelies. Ben, Trishy and I have been in Hong Kong for the past few days, working on our Academy, planning our year ahead and attending the Stationery Fair. The fires at home are never far from our mind, […]

Reach Out, And Be A Friend!

The worst part of being okay is that okay is far from happy. Anna Todd Hello, Lovelies! I have a small favour to ask of you today. I’d like you to reach out to a friend, family member, neighbour or work colleague. Someone you haven’t heard from for a while, someone who went through some […]

I’m Not Ashamed

When I was first diagnosed with neurological incontinence (which comes and goes in me – I last had an attack a few years ago!) I looked everywhere for information and found almost none. It’s something no-one talks about.

Why Being ‘Nice’ Can Be Poisonous To Your Soul

“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called “perfection,” which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.” ~ Dan Pearce Lovelies, today I […]

The Joy Of Old Friends

“Make new friends, but don’t forget the old. One is silver, the other is gold. ” ~ Joyce Cody (My Nana, from my Autograph book, 1976) I’ve had a dear friend staying at the farm these past days. She’s someone I’ve known since school. Someone who knew me before Ben, before my first serious boyfriends, […]

Holiday At the Farm!

“There is more to life than making a living. Do not work more than you live.” ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana Hello, Lovelies! Right now we have a friend and her little girls vacationing with us here at the farm. Each day the girls have farm chores to do – watering the gardens and fruit trees (it is very […]

A Snack Platter Dinner Is A Legitimate Thing!

“I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.” ~ Paul Rudnick Our neighbours came over for dinner last night. We get together quite often, and many times our dinner is not a proper meal. Instead it is a dinner of snacks. Our friends will […]

Nicole Cody’s Christmas Gift Oracle ~ For You With Love!

“Your personal truth is your gift to the world.” ~ Jennifer Elisabeth Hello Lovelies, So here we are – another Christmas is upon us. It’s a joyful time for some, and a trying time for others, and I wanted to acknowledge that, and to remind you that there is always a place here at my table for […]

Teacup Oracle – For Life Guidance

  “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ~ D.T. Suzuki   Will you join me for a cup of tea […]

Things to be thankful for…

“Take time daily to reflect on how much you have. It may not be all that you want but remember someone somewhere is dreaming to have what you have.” ~Germany Kent This morning I’m counting my Blessings. Such a simple thing to do, and it always makes me feel richer. I like to count them […]

Celebrating Life, Lungs and Second Chances!

“If you’re reading this… Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”  ~ Chad Sugg A little while ago I received an invitation in my email. It’s for a party this weekend to celebrate something extraordinary. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of my dear friend Carly-Jay Metcalfe‘s double […]

The Importance Of A Shared Table

 “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart.”  ~ Cesar Chavez   One of the things I am most interested in for myself, and for you, is this: what do we need to do to […]

A Posy Of Weeds For My Friend

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” ~ Muhammad Ali   I have a friend who waits for me every day. Our big tough bull – or Red Bull, as we […]

The Energies of March– 2018

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”  ~  Lady Gaga Hello, Lovelies  March is a month for relationships, commitment to what matters to us, and for being unapologetically ourselves. The more we stay true to ourselves in March the more we will be […]

Checking In On You

“Are you okay?” ~ Popular movement Hello, Lovelies. This morning in my meditation (and I always include you in my morning meditation) I felt the loneliness some of you feel, and your yearning to have someone to connect with. So, today I’ve made a pot of tea, and gathered some tasty treats and put a […]

My Magical Magnolia Owl Tree

“Have you ever looked at the bud of a magnolia flower? It’s a tight little pod that stays closed up for a long time on the end of its branch until one day, out of nowhere, it finally bursts open into this gigantic, gorgeous, fragrant flower that’s ten times bigger than the bud itself. It’s […]

Will I be giving you a hug today? Brisbane Pop Up Shop!

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”  ~  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh It’s finally here! Our Christmas Pop Up Shop, Channelling night and Workshops here in Brisbane. Will I get to see you today or tomorrow and give you a big hug? […]

Thank you!

“Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?”  ~  Richard Bach Dear friends, Thank you so much for making my birthday memorable. I feel grateful to have you in my life, and I am overcome with your kind messages and well wishes. How […]

Circles of Stones

“I live my life in growing orbits which move out over this wondrous world, I am circling around God, around ancient towers and I have been circling for a thousand years. And I still don’t know if I am an eagle or a storm or a great song.”  ~  Rainer Maria Rilke   Yesterday, one […]

Highlights of Cebu

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard   I’ve been in Cebu the past several days, attending a wonderful conference for entrepreneurs. (Thank you, Chris Ducker!) While I’ve been here I have also made healing mandalas for my morning meditation each day, I have […]

Unexpected Gifts – Nurse Bert!

“Acts of Kindness: A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” ~ Roy T. Bennett   It’s been a hard few weeks, with the loss of our precious dog Bert. It’s also been rough because I am still fighting the antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection that I […]

Standing Under Old Trees

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ―~ Rachel Carson   This morning, after a restless night, I slept […]

Christmas Gift Oracle For You!

“May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!”   ~ Author Unknown   Will you join me for a cup of tea so I can give you a little Christmas present? Here’s the tea. Come sit with me and let me tell you how glad I am to have you in […]

My Friendship Garden

“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ~ Alfred Tennyson   I cut some hydrangea flowers this week, and placed them in a glass by my kitchen sink. They’re Angela’s hydrangeas, or at least that’s how I think of them. They have grown from cuttings […]

The Very Valid ‘Not Coping’ Style of Coping

“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

Song of the Sisterhood

“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.” ~ Isadora James     These past few days have been hard. It’s been one thing after another. Then there’s the pain. It’s unrelenting. Drugs have helped take the edge off but it’s ground me […]

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me – Part 1

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” ~ Elbert Hubbard     I think that one of the most important things about being friends is being able to know each other well, to be able to keep secrets together, and to understand not only who we are now, but […]

Day 5 – Oracle Card Challenge

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” ~ Richard Bach Friendships and Family Today’s cards will help give you insight into your relationships with the key people in your lives. Here’s what you need to do: Take your crystal, and complete […]

A Message Just For You!

“Sometimes, I wish my table stretched far enough that I could invite you all here for afternoon tea, cupcakes and hugs.” ~ Nicole Cody   Today, all I really want to say is Thank You. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for all of your love and support. Thank you for reading. Thank you […]

The Jesus God Mary Sky

“Even After All this time The Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky.” ― حافظ   When I lived in the Kimberley many years ago, we would often experience the most amazing skies on a routine basis. One very early morning, […]

Nurse Bert Reports

“To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.”   ~ Mandy Hale     I’m not letting her out of my sight. Nicole, that is. Because she’s still really sick. I’m making her rest. I’m following her if she needs to get […]

Bluesfest 2016 – A Little Ray of Sunshine

“Life is for the living. Death is for the dead. Let life be like music. And death a note unsaid.” ~ Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems   This Easter I’m spending some time with Ben and our friends at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. Bluesfest is one of my favourite music festivals. The atmosphere is always so […]

My First Morning at Home Again!

“There is a kind of magic-ness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” ~ Kate Douglas Wiggin   Hello, beautiful friends! So, here I am, back in Australia once more. Can I admit to being a little misty-eyed when my husband Ben pulled up outside Brisbane International Airport to pick me up last […]

A Special Christmas Altar for Healing and Remembrance

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” ~ Rose Kennedy “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ Thomas Campbell   Christmas […]

Weekend Roasts, Owls and My Email Address!

“Are you still forgetting things?” “I don’t know, I can’t remember,” I said.” ~ Stephen King, Duma Key   Last night Angela’s husband came around to the farm for a roast dinner. It’s only a week since Angela passed away, and everything is so hard and new for him. Before her breast cancer diagnosis Ange had […]

There Was No Blog Post This Morning Because… Life

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia   I’d had every intention of blogging early this morning, as I usually do. As I’ve missed […]

For Angela, On Your Last Morning

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ~ Helen Keller   Good Morning, Darling Friend. My first thought this morning is of you, on this, your last morning. As I lay in my soft bed, in my still-dark room, I thought of how I left you last […]

Cancer, Coffee and Community

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all […]

It’s Phone A Friend Day

“True friends walk in when the rest of the world has walked out.” ~ Walter Winchell There’s no great governing body that has declared today Phone A Friend Day. No. Sorry. It’s just me. But still, I think it’s a good idea, and I hope you pay attention and adopt this worthy challenge. In a […]

Win A Beautiful Healing Necklace

“The power of love is real whether you can see it or not.” ~ Debasish Mridha “The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.” ~ Mother Teresa Do you remember, a while back, when I created my Love Mala? Twice a day for one month I prayed that mala. […]

Inclusion, Chocolate, Peace and Understanding

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” ~  Max de Pree   Yesterday, on a whim, I posted a picture […]

Simple Pleasures

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” ~ Emma Goldman   Here we are, home at the farm. Such a healing space for me. While I’m soaking up the magic before we head back to the city again to support our beloved family, here’s a taste of our last few […]

Sometimes You Don’t Need Solutions, You Just Need To Be Heard

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~  Leo Buscaglia   Ben and I met a close girlfriend for coffee yesterday. We’re each going through quite a […]

Cafe Dog’s Advice For The Day

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ~ Susan Sontag   Cafe Dog, or Harry, as others know him, has been logging up early morning cafe-time […]

Seeing Auras – The Day My Life Changed

“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more […]

The Glorious Journey of Our Love Mala

“The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly–we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. […]

An Extra Healing Meditation

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens   Tonight I’m performing a special two-hour healing meditation, using the Love Mala I made earlier in the month. The purpose of tonight’s meditation is to help in the release of patterns of thought and behaviour that have limited […]

Sometimes Life Gets In the Way of Blogging

“The easiest way to get touch with this universal power is through silent Prayer. Shut your eyes, shut your mouth, and open your heart. This is the golden rule of prayer. Prayer should be soundless words coming forth from the centre of your heart filled with love.” ~ Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation   […]

Join Me For A Letter Writing Challenge?

“More than kisses, letters mingle souls.” ~John Donne “Only write to me, write to me, I love to see the hop and skip and sudden starts of your ink.” ~ A.S. Byatt, Possession “Harry picked it up and stared at it, his heart twanging like a giant elastic band. No one, ever, in his whole […]

A Lovely Afternoon!

“It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope   I thought I’d give you a little snapshot of yesterday’s successful afternoon tea, which was, in […]

The Tea Party – A Post About Friendship

“Anne and her family lived alone on an island. She enjoyed having tea time with her friends the spiny lobster and baby hawk.” ~  National Geographic, August 1938   Today I’m attending an afternoon tea for one of my friends. Perhaps you’re all thinking it shall be like this: glamorous well-frocked girls having the perfect […]

It’s Finished – Our Mala of Love

“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov “It does not matter how long you are spending on […]

Mala Update

“The inner voice is something which cannot be described in words. But sometimes we have a positive feeling that something in us prompts us to do a certain thing. The time when I learnt to recognise this voice was, I may say, the time when I started praying regularly.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   I’ve been […]

Mala of Love

“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   I meditate twice a day; once in the morning when I first wake up – at around 4am, and once in the evening before I go to bed. This has been […]

The Importance of Meeting for Coffee

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”  ~ Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey   I was talking to a friend on the phone yesterday. She’s like so many of my friends right now. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. A […]

Thank You ❤

“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” ~ Adam Lindsay Gordon   This morning I just want to say Thank You. It has certainly been a powerful twenty-four hours of insights, revelation and shift for me as I step into the truth of who […]

A Social Kind Of Day

“In Ireland, you go to someone’s house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you’re really just fine. She asks if you’re sure. You say of course you’re sure, really, you don’t need a thing. Except they pronounce it ting. You don’t need a ting. Well, she […]

A Busy Night

“When the world is itself draped in the mantle of night, the mirror of the mind is like the sky in which thoughts twinkle like stars.” ~ Khushwant Singh, Delhi   It’s a short blog today. Sorry. I was up most of last night talking with a client whose daughter was involved in a horrendous […]

A sneak peak at Day One…

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ~ Mother Teresa “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl   The picture at the top of this post is a rather large crystal mandala, […]

Wide Awake for a Reason

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins.” ~ George R.R. Martin   If you read my post yesterday you’ll know I didn’t get much sleep the night before. So last night I put myself to sleep at eight, all ready for an early night and a decent catch-up. Of course, things didn’t go to plan. Just […]

Rune Giveaway and Facebook Party

“It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier.” ~ Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope   Hello Lovelies, I promised that during our Journal Challenge I would be having a weekly […]

A Very Good Day!

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” ~ Audrey Hepburn   What a wonderful weekend it has turned out to be. Good friends have come to stay at our […]

What It Means To Be There For Someone

“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.” ~ Jim Butcher “Too often we underestimate the […]

Kindness Challenge – Week Two

“Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ~ E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web “I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for […]

Saying Goodbye To Julie

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people […]

Exhausted, with Aprons…

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”  ~ Albert Einstein   What a lovely weekend I’ve had. Our friends and their children visited the farm, and to my delight I found that these particular children had a […]

Around the Campfire

“So, I looked up and we were in this giant dome like a glass snowball, and Mark said that the amazing white stars were only holes in the black glass of the dome, and when you went to heaven, the glass broke away, and there was nothing but a whole sheet of star white, which […]

Sometimes We Just Need A Hug

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  ~ Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version   Yesterday morning, very early, my husband took me out to an inner-city cafe for a good coffee. We took a sidewalk table, and Ben went inside to place our order. […]

Roadside Bounty and Shared Harvests

“We must give more in order to get more. It is the generous giving of ourselves that produces the generous harvest.” ~ Orison Swett Marden On the back roads around our own little farm, many farmers and those folks with large home gardens have set up roadside stalls to sell some of their surplus produce. I […]

Signs of Life

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ~ Orson Welles   There have been some signs this week that my world is beginning to extend beyond the farm, my pyjamas and bed, as I edge ahead in my battle against Lyme disease. We had to get a new radiator installed […]

I’ll Keep This Short And Sweet

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” ~ Barack Obama   Not much time for blog writing today. A dear […]

Clearing Sales – and their special charm

“A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.”  ~ Franklin P. Jones   I had quite the romantic outing yesterday. It started with the Lismore Farmers Markets and their Saturday auction in the showgrounds, where we enjoyed an excellent coffee and perused the wares. We came away with a bargain lawn mower, […]

A Little Piece of Normal

  “There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table and talking until the candles are burned down.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, A Circle of Quiet   While I’ve been in Brisbane this week for all my medical tests a dear friend took me for an early dinner. Collecting me from my front door she […]

Coffee with a (feathered) Friend

  “Without birds, trees would be very lonely and men too!”  ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan   As I sipped a coffee yesterday, killing time, with worries on my mind, a little Mickey Bird (Noisy Miner) came to visit me. The Universe must have known I needed some company. The friendly bird stayed with me, singing cheery songs and […]

The Rock, the River and the Mountain

“…your memory is a warm stone hidden in my hand I’m always turning over…” ~ John Geddes, A Familiar Rain “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but […]

Hooray for friends!

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”  ~ Elbert Hubbard   Isn’t this the most colossal bucket of flowers for ten dollars? They are grown and sold by two elderly brothers who live up the road from us. You can read more about that here. I’ve had a lovely time […]

The ’10 Lovely Things!’ Challenge

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ~ Marcel Proust Yesterday morning my lovely husband set me a glorious distraction (for those of you who aren’t up to speed I am currently taking a savage amount of drugs to combat Lyme Disease […]

Wrong Numbers and New Friends

“Sometimes wrong numbers are the right numbers.” ~ Cecelia Ahern, The Time of My Life   Late yesterday afternoon I tried to call my sister. My new drugs are kicking in and so my eyes were all twitchy and I was having problems seeing. Somehow I put in one wrong digit. “Hello?” An older woman’s voice, surprised, answered […]

Unexpected Blessings

“Women are never so strong as after their defeat.”  ~ Alexandre Dumas I admit it. Yesterday, for a moment (or perhaps a little longer) I wondered how I would pick myself up and keep going. I cried. A lot. My doctor wants me to continue with another full course of the horror drugs which had me […]

A Comforting Realization of Life’s Truth

“There’s a flame of magic inside every stone & every flower, every bird that sings & every frog that croaks. There’s magic in the trees & the hills & the river & the rocks, in the sea & the stars & the wind, a deep, wild magic that’s as old as the world itself. It’s […]

Coming back to myself

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~ Nelson Mandela   I am sitting in a cafe at Byron Bay, and it feels like a small miracle. After my six-week fever broke last night, and a powerful meditation shifted me past most […]

Lovely Miss Mae!

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” ~Mae West   Young Miss Mae is growing up to be an outgoing girl with abundant curiosity! She loves to play chasey and hide-and-seek with our two dogs, Harry and Bert.  Never one to be shy she pushes to the front of the herd to say hello […]

Baked Passionfruit and Lime Cheesecake Recipe

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”  ~ William Shakespeare Birthdays deserve cake. For the past few days I’ve had my dear friend Carly staying with us here at the farm, so that we could see in the New Year together and celebrate her birthday. I’ve not been well on this round of lyme meds, […]

Easy Reindeer Cupcakes Recipe

“Reindeer are flight and motion and magic in moonlight beyond all recalling, made of Christmas dreams, spun from a place beyond all fearing.” ~ Anon   A dear girlfriend and her young daughter dropped by a few days ago for a cuppa and a chat. It was a perfect opportunity to try out this Christmassy […]

My Best Friend, Bert

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” ~ Will Rogers   I’m in Brisbane for a few days. I’ve got some work to do, and some medical things. Ben needed to go back to the farm so he took Harry the pup, and left Bert here […]

Easy Peach Chutney Recipe

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”  […]

Easy Cheese and Herb Scones

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” ~ Henry David Thoreau A friend came over for dinner last night. Or rather, I should say that a friend dropped by our little farmhouse at dinner time. These […]

Baked Peaches with Walnut Caramel Crumble Recipe

“One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white chargers and plead with me to […]

Saturday Breakfast

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”  ~ Elbert Hubbard I’ll keep this morning’s blog short because I have to dash! I’m meeting my lovely friend Carly for breakfast at one of our favourite inner-city haunts, a cafe attached to a shop full of organic produce and delectable goodies. Of […]

It’s Friday – You’ll find me at the Mullum Markets

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”  ~ A.A. Milne   It’s […]

Friends around the Dinner Table

“Some of the most important conversations I’ve ever had occurred at my family’s dinner table.” ~ Bob Ehrlich   When I was younger I used to knock myself out throwing Dinner Parties. I would pore over cookbooks and foodie magazines, spending hours putting menus together, striving to get the balance right. I felt pressured to choose […]

Easy Lemon Shortbread Recipe

“Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people’! In other words, friendship is the most important thing – not career or housework, or one’s fatigue – and it needs to be tended and nurtured.”  ~ Julia Child, My Life in France One of the things I treasure most about where I live is that wonderful sense of community. […]

Harry – Cafe Dog!

“Coffee is a language in itself.” ~ Jackie Chan   Good Morning! It’s Harry here. Mum is meditating, so I thought I’d save time and write her blog so that we can go to the cafe faster. I love cafes. Ever since I was little I’ve been going. Especially first thing in the morning. So now I’m […]

Chronically ill and Happy!

“The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ~ Tricia Cunningham   I’m not happy because I have a chronic illness – I’m happy because I still love my life! It’s possible, and in fact I think it’s necessary, to find happiness when life has dealt […]

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